John Steinbeck’s Pearl

When Kino, a humble fisherman finds a great pearl, he becomes the envy of the town. In the shining surface of the magnificent pearl, Kino imagines great prospects. He and his wife will be married in a church, their son Coyotito will go to school and learn to read and write and he will be among the respected educated people. The pearl will change their lives. However Kino is misguided and his dreams are crushed, when the pearl brings sorrow.

John Steinbeck’s novel The Pearl in its simplicity, creates a great atmosphere and a strong portrayal of the damage greed can do.

In this short reflective novel, Steinbeck writes poetically, showing genuine sincerity for nature. Steinbeck shows deep feelings and vividly depicts the inhabitants of the village where Kino lives, the sea and coastline and the cruel mountains. Kino’s struggle takes place in his small home village, before he travels into the countryside and the rugged mountains. The portrayal of dreams, temptation, love, respect are well captured.

The pearl, once reverred as a blessing,  is an amazing analogy. It becomes a symbol of the evil of greed and the story reveals to the reader that true wealth is in the heart of the family not in the wealth that the pearl represents.